Development of PacTrans Workforce Development Institute – Phase VI

PI: Yinhai Wang (UW),, ORCID: 0000-0002-4180-5628

Co PIs: Wei Sun (UW), Shane Brown (OSU), Billy Connor (UAF), Kevin Chang (UI) and Eric Jessup (WSU)

AMOUNT & MATCH: $175,000 from PacTrans; $175,000 Match

PERFORMANCE PERIOD: 3/16/2022 – 3/15/2023

STATUS: Active

CATEGORIES: Education, Workforce Development



FINAL PROJECT REPORT: will be available once completed

PROJECT DATA: will be available once completed

DESCRIPTION: Based on the efforts of previous years’ projects, the research team has gained thorough understanding of the existing training or professional development needs within Region 10 (i.e., Idaho, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington) through outreach activities including qualitative, structured interviews, online surveys, etc. The research team has successfully launched the PacTrans workforce development institute (WDI) and delivered training courses to transportation practitioners. Specifically, the research team will focus on the following tasks:

  • Enhancing the online platform for e-learning courses, promotion and outreach activities. The research team will enhance the PacTrans WDI online training platform. The online platform will serve as a comprehensive learning platform to support the promotion, registration, and e-learning activities.
  • Developing and delivering new training courses. The research team will continue developing new training courses and certificate programs that cover more topics with critical training needs. Specifically, the PacTrans WDI has delivered/scheduled to deliver the following training courses:
    • Understanding and Applying the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
    • Incorporating Human Factors into Roadway Design and Crash Diagnostics
    • Transportation Engineering Project Management
    • An Introduction to School Zone Safety
    • Geospatial Analysis for Transportation Planners and Practitioners
  • Developing the assessment and evaluation guidebook for training courses and the overall program. The research team will develop a guidebook including course development processes with carefully designed learning outcomes and associated learning activities, active learning strategies, reliable assessment and evaluation processes of learning, and overall program and course evaluation.
Research Project Progress Report #1 10/10/2022
No Cost Extension Request 1/15/2023
Draft Report 1/15/2023
Final Project Report 3/15/2023